What happens at the event?
From June 30th to August 13th, the arboretum will be illuminated once again with more than 40 groups of larger-than-life lantern sculptures. Visitors are invited to walk-through the arboretum in Reno’s midsummer nights to see and interact with our illuminous displays.
The new themes of 2023 are to celebrate Asian culture and biodiversity in the garden. Our iconic Chinese dragon will be returning in a whole new form while the rest of the garden will be occupied by glowing mini beasts – dragonflies, beetles, mantis, bees and many more.
The interactive playground area has been expanded due to popular demand. Visitors will see their favorite displays such as Angel’s Wings and Light Up Swings coming back to Reno and will be surprised by a series of new displays we have in store for 2023
Where is the event located?
Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden within Rancho San Rafael Park
1595 N Sierra St, NV 89503
The Festival Entrance is next to Wilbur D. May Center
When does the event occur?
June 30th to Aug 13, 2023
Monday to Sunday
6:00 - 10:30 PM
Where can I learn more about the event/event organizers?
How much are tickets?
Tickets are sold online
- General Admission - $20 (age 12 and above)
- Children - $15 (age 3-11)
- Family 4 Pack (2 adults and 2 children) - $55
- Season Pass - $55 (unlimited entry for one person during the entire festival season)
- Infant (under 3) – FREE
Group discounts are available for groups of 10 people or more. Group discounts only apply to General Admission tickets. Discounts will be applied automatically when the number of tickets reaches 10 or more.
Can I get a refund?
All ticket sales are final, and tickets are non-refundable.
Can I move my tickets to another date?
Ticket holders may change the date and time of their tickets an hour prior to the event start time. There’s no refund for unused tickets. In case of inclement weather when the event must be canceled or closed early, tickets will be refunded to all ticket holders automatically.
Can I transfer my tickets to another person?
Yes. Ticket transfers are allowed.
Can I buy my ticket at the door?
Yes. Our onsite box office is located next to the festival entrance and will be open nightly from 6:00PM – 9:30PM. Visitors can purchase tickets at the box office on the day of the event with either cash or card. However, there’s a limited number of tickets available at the box office, and the event organizer may close the box office early if the event has reached its capacity limit on the day of the event. There’s also an upcharge of $5-$15 for tickets purchased at the box office.
Parking & Transportation
Is parking available?
Yes, we offer free parking onsite on a first come first serve basis. Close up parking at the Wilbur D. May Center is reserved for ADA only. There is limited closeup parking at the arboretum parking lot, and more parking space at the sound end of Rancho San Rafael Park. Please follow signs and instructions of our parking staff.
Green Lot at UNR is also available for parking Fridays and Saturdays.
Free shuttle buses are available at the south end parking lot at Rancho San Rafael Park nightly, and at the UNR parking lot on Fridays and Saturdays. Shuttle bus runs every 15 minutes. The first shuttle bus starts at the south end parking lot at 6:00PM. The last shuttle bus leaves the festival entrance at 10:45PM.
How can I arrive via public transportation?
The closest bus stop is N Virginia Street and Planetarium.
Is there a Lyft/Uber drop off location?
Use Wilbur D. May Center as the pickup/dropoff location.
Health & Safety
Is this event ADA accessible?
ADA parking is right next to the festival entrance – please use the parking lot at the Wilbur D. May Museum. Please be advised that there are some dirt trail surfaces at the festival, roughly 1000′ in the food court, interactive playground area. We recommend using wheelchairs with thicker tires. The event does not have wheelchairs for rent but guests may bring their own.
I am unwell and unable to attend - can I move my ticket to another date or obtain a refund?
Yes, we can move your tickets if you’re unable to attend.
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